Jonathan Meades: “A good chair is vital. I have a Canasta by Heron Parigi. It cost £800 16 years ago – it was worth it.” Photograph: BBC

Jonathan Meades is an author and broadcaster, specialising in food, architecture, and culture. His latest book, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, “a port(...)

In 1985, Anthony Burgess, who was devoted to Joyce and greatly admired Louis le Brocquy, agreed in principle that he would write a 20-page introduction to the special edition of “Dubliners”, which was limited to 500 copies.

A lost essay on James Joyce’s Dubliners by celebrated English novelist Anthony Burgess is to be published for the first time in The Irish Times tomorr(...)

Author Kevin Barry, the winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel, City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As quick-witted as a stand-up comic and as serious as the best of them tend to be, Kevin Barry is not only an inspired blend of Flann O’Brien and Anth(...)

Anthony Burgess is one of the most underrated writers in the English language. This does a disservice to a half-century of superb work until hi(...)

A scene from one of the futuristic Tiger beer ads filmed in Bangkok

Three young men of different ethnic backgrounds enter the homely Oscar’s bar, where shockwaves resonate as they pick up their bottles of Tiger (...)